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Hello my readers! I have been away the past two weeks on Active Duty with the National Guard, and while I was away, I received an email from Dan Meagher, the director of marketing for the Diablo Ballet with information on a very cool event happening in Walnut Creek that I wanted to share with all of you. Please see the information provided below by Dan, and I highly encourage everyone to get out there and enjoy this special event. It's for a good cause, it involves beautiful Walnut Creek, and you get food and wine out of it! Can't get much better than that!!

Several of the best restaurants in downtown Walnut Creek will give you a taste of their delicious cuisine at the 2011 Diablo Ballet & Diablo Magazine Gourmet Gallop.

On Thursday August 11th from 5 PM – 8 PM, you'll get a gourmet passport to sample delicious culinary creations & wine at nine locations in downtown Walnut Creek restaurants.

Your evening starts with a wine and olive oil tasting at We Olive, featuring selections from Shadowbrook Winery of Walnut Creek. Then, you're off to taste the best food in the city with stops at:

Walnut Creek Yacht Club
Silk Road
Oi-C Bowl
Caffe Delle Stelle
CU Sushi

You are also invited to an exclusive Gallop wine tasting at Residual Sugar Wine Bar.

Rain or shine, participants will stroll around town at their convenience tasting the gourmet delights from these top restaurants. The dancers from Diablo Ballet will be galloping the streets with you all night long.

Tickets are $40. Groups of 10 or more can receive a special group ticket offer. To purchase tickets, call 925.943.1775 or visit:

If tickets are available that evening, please visit We Olive - 1364 N. Main Street in Walnut Creek begining at 5 PM.

Proceeds benefit Diablo Ballet and its acclaimed PEEK Youth Outreach Program, which brings arts education to 5,000 under-served elementary school children each year in Contra Costa County. Congressman John Garamendi recently issued a commendation for the PEEK Program for its continued commitment to serving the youth of our community.

For 18 years, Diablo Ballet has been bringing world-class dance to Contra Costa with the finest of ballet and contemporary dance works. For information, please visit